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Moving Beyond Technique

The study of Pencak Silat, depending on the system, can be a process of personal discovery. It can be an amazing journey to help you discover life. It confuses some people because all they see in martial arts is the destruction. However, it has been my journey that the point of martial arts is about prolonging life, and what value is prolonging life without at least addressing the idea of quality of life? In fact, through the process of learning about life’s destruction, you can, also learn to develop and improve life. However, only if you put the principals of pencak silat to action on a consistent basis outside of the aliran and perguruan.

Pencak silat is not a game or a hobby to be turned on and off.

It IS a way to step. Langkah dari batuan ke batuan.
It IS the act of stepping from stone to stone.
It IS learning to act, not react.
It IS fluidity, not rigidity.
It IS simplicity, not complexity.
It IS beauty, not ugliness.
It IS natural, not contrived.
It IS relationship, not autonomy.
It IS sync, not difference.
It IS a path to life AND death.

Sean Stark
administrator
Founder of Pencak Silat Pertempuran. In looking for a martial art that was practical and artistic I found Pencak Silat. In silat I found an art that's organic nature allowed me to change it to make it culturally realistic and still allowed me to have the benefit of art and body culture.

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